Archives for February 2013

Charter Schools: Up or Down?

From the NYTimes editorial: The charter school movement gained a foothold in American education two decades ago partly by asserting that independently run, publicly financed schools would outperform traditional public schools if they were exempted from onerous regulations. The charter advocates also promised that unlike traditional schools, which were allowed to fail without consequence, charter [Read More…]

Pharisees: Revisiting an Old Problem

It’s time to revisit the Pharisees, in part because their story needs to be told so we don’t forget and in part because some like to use the “Pharisee” in ways that concern me. It is a standard procedure to say “Pharisee” and mean “legalist, bigot, hypocrite, or picayune meddler into other people’s religious business.” Look [Read More…]

On Childhood Salvation

Andy Hynes, at SBC Voices, has an interesting approach to passing on the faith to our children. He advocates focusing on repentance and faith (those Baptists often skip baptism for some reason). What do you think? What about Jesus’ teachings here? the apostles’? What do you think of the current state of evangelizing children? Advice? [Read More…]

Wings at Your House?

Will you be having buffalo/chicken wings during the Super Bowl? Where are the best wings? With the Super Bowl around the corner, it seems that buffalo chicken wings may have become the country’s favorite football-watching food. While the annual rumors that we’re running out of wings simply aren’t true, wings have indeed become the most expensive part of the [Read More…]

God and Sports

From Dan Merica at There are a variety of influences here, including a Calvinist meticulous sovereignty theme, a Deuteronomy theme, an interventionist God theme, and others… what do you see? Washington (CNN) – With millions of Americans set to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday, a new survey finds more than a quarter of Americans [Read More…]

Running for Water

From World Vision: A former Chicago church pastor plans to run across the United States at a rate of 35 miles a day for more than four months in a bid to raise $1.5 million for clean water. Steve Spear, 49, will begin the herculean effort in Los Angeles on April 8 with an estimated [Read More…]

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [Read more…]

AAR Announcement: Open and Relational Theologies Call for Papers

Here’s the Open and Relational Theologies call for papers. The submission deadline is March 1, and the AAR website is now open for submissions. 2013 Open and Relational Theologies Call The Open and Relational Theologies group plan to explore two themes. First, we invite proposals exploring Postcolonial theology in relation to themes common in Open, [Read More…]

What do you sing when you preach from…

Isaiah about Isaiah’s experiment with nudity as a form of prophetic messaging? I’d suggest you could try this, and if you are in a hurry scroll to about 3:45 or so … but get ready to laugh: [Read more…]

Weekly Meanderings, February 2, 2013

Shauna Niequist’s new policy: “Why am I telling you this? Because I think I’m not alone. It doesn’t matter if you work or don’t, or have little kids or don’t, or travel or don’t.  So many of us, it seems, are really, really tired of the hustle, and the next right thing is to slow [Read More…]